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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window

Mountain Window

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Mountain Window
  • Date
    1946
  • Dimensions
    34.5 × 22cm
  • Medium
    Oil on board
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by Ria Mooney to Sligo County and Museum in 1970.
Description

This tiny painting belonged to Ria Mooney, an actress and the first woman producer at the Abbey Theatre. She worked on two of Jack Yeats’s plays there in the 1940s. Mooney presented this work and another Yeats painting, He Wins, to Sligo.

Mooney may have been drawn to this work because of its use of theatrical conceit. It is an ambiguous view of a Ben Bulben seen through a cottage window, apparently based on a memory of a scene from the house of a great-aunt of Yeats, who lived above the Rosses in Co.Sligo. The lady was known as Aunt Mickey and her home had a commanding view of Ben Bulben. The cosy image of an Irish country garden with climbing foliage and luscious window boxes contrasts with the austere form of the mountain viewed in the distance. The result is a sensuous and complex image of the famous Sligo mountain and the surrounding countryside.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  3. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  4. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  5. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  10. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  11. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  13. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  14. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  18. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  20. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  23. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene